Category Archives: Of Interest

Simply Map

SimplyMapLogo   A new resource that I think may be of interest. It is called Simply Map and will be very useful if you are wanting to explore the demographics of a particular region, like when trying to plan interventions into the community.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it and more information about the resource is below.

Simply Map   (link)

This is a web based Geographic information Systems (GIS) application that could be useful to users who are looking to explore data on a particular area or region.  The application allows users to be develop interactive thematic maps and export high-resolution images to word processing or presentation software. The interface is very user friendly and something that has a very short learning curve.   Some of items of interest about the database are:

  • Users can access thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables.  Data for all geographies include census block-groups, census tracts, ZIP codes, cities, counties, states, and the entire United States.

Data Variables Available:

Demographic Variables:

  • Population
  • Age 
  • Race 
  • Income
  • Ancestry
  • Marital Status
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Families

Historical census data:  1980, 1990, 2000

Health Data

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about disease, health status, doctor visits and more.
  • Health Questions Age 18+ & under 18
  • Death Causes
  • Users can select, sort, and compare data across multiple locations and build custom reports that can be exported to a spreadsheet for additional functionality.
  • Users can explore historical census data to understand how regions change over time and use estimates and projections to analyze current and future trends.
  • Combine locations and search for areas based on specific criteria.


  • To save your work, you will need to create a personal workspace using your VCU email address.
  • When you first use Simply Map, if you pick the “launch standard report” option there will be a short tutorial.
  • Link located in the statistics section of the VCU Nursing Research Guide


Cochrane Library – New Interface to Improve Searching

Those of you who have used the Cochrane Library lately may have noticed that it looks a bit different.  On the 15th of September the interface changed in order to improve the functionality of the database when it comes to trying to find what you need.  Some of the new features include:

  • Auto-suggest features within both basic and MeSH search functionsThumbnail image for Cochrane.jpg
  • Updated display of search results and filtering options
  • Ability to view search terms and results on the same page
  • Ability to insert lines and add one search to one another
  • Improved MeSH look-up feature
  • Hover-over Tool Tips giving a brief explanation of the functions


For more information click here


*Announcing launch of new and improved search functionality for the cochrane library | the cochrane collaboration Retrieved 9/21/2012, 2012, from

A World Without Nurses Video

nursecaring.jpgWhile doing reading this morning I came across this video on a listserv and thought I would pass it along.   While it is done by an Australian company, it does call attention to the worldwide nursing shortage as well as all the great things nurses do.   Take a look and enjoy and hope you are having a great summer break :).

Link to Video:

July – Monthly Entry

Hot Earth.pngWell July has arrived and so has the heat, but it also is a signal that the summer session will soon be over.  Also with the end of the semester comes papers and projects that are coming due.  If you should need any help do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other librarians here at the library.  


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Well the continuing push to improve the library space for students, which leaves the second floor out of commission this month and most likely a part of August as well.  While this construction is going on there could be some periods of time where it is going to be a little loud as work is being done but you can always head downstairs to the newly remodeled multimedia collaboration room during those times.  The books upstairs are still accessible. 


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for instruction.pngWorkshops of interest this Month:

If you or someone you know needs some help with any of these
databases, please let them know. All of these take place at TML unless
otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Noon               PubMed

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Noon               RefWorks  (Online)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Noon                Library Orientation (Online)



VCU Libraries upgrades Chronicle of Higher
Ed access

Just in time for summer, when faculty and staff are on the
go, VCU Libraries has upgraded its subscription to The Chronicle of Higher
Education. Readers can now access The Chronicle using an iPad, smart phone,
tablet or any computer located anywhere in the world. 


Simply create a free account using your “”
e-mail address at


Account holders may download The Chronicle’s iPad editions
at no cost, view the new mobile interface using a web browser on a smart phone
or tablet and access the publication via computer from any location


Ina May Gaskin Article in New York Times

BabyBorn.pngThis morning while doing some reading, I came across an article in the New York Times about Ina May Gaskin.  I know Mrs. Gaskin came to the VCU SON earlier this year and gave a talk to the faculty, staff and students.  I attended the talk and found it well attended and very interesting.   I thought I would pass on a link to the article in case you were interested, as well as a link to her website in case you would like more information on her and her work. 

Mommy Wars: The Prequel : Ina May Gaskin and the Battle for at-Home Births

Ina May Gaskin Website

PubMed – Limits Now on the Results Page

Well if you have been using PubMed and are used to the limits being located on their own separate page, when you log in this morning you will find a difference that should make things a bit easier.   Limits are now located on a sidebar which you will see to the left of your results when you are doing your search.   

For more info:  PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page   / You Tube Video Link

National Nurses Week: May 6th – 12th

This week is national nurses week and is a celebration of the key role that nurses play in providing high quality health care.

Thanks for all you do……

Some links of Interest:
National Nurses Week History
                          Nursing by the Numbers: The RN Workforce
                  National Nurses Week: RNs as Leaders

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VCUHS Nurses:  Advocating, Leading, Caring Poster Presentations  – May 7th & 8th
10am – 12pm Gateway1


May – Monthly Entry

Graduation Hats.jpgWell May has arrived and with it the end of the semester for some and graduation for others.   For all of you that are graduating, congratulations and best wishes.   While the semester is winding down there is still plenty going on here at the library and if I can be of help please let me know.   Some things that are going on at the library that may be of interest:


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Lunch Bag.pngWhetting
Your Appetite for Research” – Brown Bag Series

May 24  (Noon – 1pm) Strategies and Tools for Patient Recruitment 

– First Floor Conference Room, Room 109,  MCV Campus

Discuss strategies and tools that can help you design an effective recruitment plan.

Register Online


Educationbookstack.jpgWorkshops of interest this Month:

If you or someone you know needs some help with any of these
databases, please let them know. All of these take place at TML unless
otherwise indicated.

May 1, 2012


Community Health Education Center Spider Bite Program

Medical Center Gateway Building – Ground Floor

May 2, 2012


Film Screening: Secret Life of the Brain: The Adult Brain:
to Think by Feeling

Student Center

May 24, 2012


Brown Bag Lunch: Making GCP Your Standard Research